All “Snakes and “Camaros” be warned, the “Demon” has been set loose from hell and comes with nothing but vengeance written on its face. While the Hellcat did the job right by clawing all rivals into submission, the Demon is meant to ensure the rivals stay buried. Dodge is to Mustang what Lamborghini is to Ferrari. If one launches a car, the other follows suit with even a better car to rival that of the Nemesis but on this case, Ford has no response at least not for now and I don’t see it coming anytime soon though. To achieve similar power as the Demon, you have to take your Camaro or Mustang to after-market tuning shops. The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is the most powerful factory-built V-8 muscle car ever.
2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Exterior
In terms of looks, the Demon is almost similar to the Hellcat. The major difference between the two vehicles is the Demon’s gigantic wheel arches. Other features have received a mild upgrade. At the front, the Demon features a taller and wider hood scoop and a modified splitter. Other features are borrowed from the Hellcat. The hood scoop had to be modified to show that the Demon spits much more fire than the Hellcat.
The flanks are characterized by the widest fender flares you will find in the market right now with the front fenders carrying the Demon head badges.
The rear is unchanged and you cannot tell between the Hellcat and the Demon by looking them from behind. Dodge has not even added Demon logos to set it apart.
Buyers will choose between 14 enchanting exterior body colors which are Destroyer Grey, Octane Red, B5 Blue, Maximum Steel, TorRed, Yellow Jacket, White Knuckle, Billet Silver, F8 Green, Plum Crazy, Pitch Black, Go Mango, Indigo Blue and Granite Crystal. To further stand out, you can opt for a Satin Black hood or Black hood along with similar treatment for the roof and deck-lid.
The interior styling is also adopted from the Hellcat. The only major difference is that the Demon’s cabin has a Demon head badge on the seat back to ensure you don’t take it for the Hellcat. It comes with a steering wheel wrapped in Alcantara, a bespoke TFT display and gauges that have a white background in the instrument cluster. There is also a carbon-fiber badge along with a “Demon Script” to further ensure you don’t mistake it for a Hellcat.
The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon unlike the Hellcat is customized for drag racing and thus comes with only the driver’s seat to keep weight down. Buyers can, however, add the front passenger seat and the rear bench for $1 each which enables it to accommodate up to five passengers. As funny as it looks, the $1 is not a typo.
In standard form, the driver’s seat is wrapped in a premium cloth but upon ordering other seats, one can also opt for Alcantara suede or Laguna leather upholstery. The one-seat arrangement comes with a 4-point harness bar sourced from Speedlogix for track racing.
Like the Hellcat, the Demon comes with an 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment display. It features a Performance Pages app that gives the driver real-time information of the vehicle’s performance along with other details of the vehicle. It also features 2 key fobs, a black one that restricts power output to 500 hp which is good for regular street driving and a red one that opens up all systems to experience the whole 840 horses. There is also a Valet Mode that is used to limit the engine to 4000 rpm as well as an Eco Mode that alters transmission shifting.
For extra comfort, you can order your Demon with a 19-speaker, 900-watt Harman Kardon sound system as well as heated steering wheel, heated and cooled front seats and a power sunroof.
Engine and performance
Like the Hellcat, the Demon is powered by a 6.2 L, Hemi V-8 that produces as much as 840 hp and 770lb-ft of torque making it the fastest and most powerful production car in the globe. However, most of the engine’s components are new. Power is channeled to the wheels via an 8-speed automatic gearbox that features paddle shifters. The entire 840 horses are however available upon acquiring the Demon Crate package plus 100+ octane. Using 91 octane premium gives you a maximum of only 808 horses.
The engine is one part of the equation, to help the model ride without wasting energy, the Demon features Nitto drag. It also has Torque Reserve and TransBrake features. The latter aids the model’s 8-speed TorqueFlite transmission system. The model is also designed to allow a driver to spin the rear wheels without moving the car to heat up the wheels for enhanced grip before a race.
All these power upgrades enable the Demon to hit 60 mph from a stationary position in 2.3 seconds and needs only 9.65 seconds to complete the quarter of a mile. These two are world records for a production car.
Additional options include a removable rollover bar and the Demon Crate which I mentioned above. The Demon Crate is tucked into the trunk. It comes with a host of performance-enhancing components including a hydraulic floor jack, cordless impact wrench, a tool bag, skinny front wheels and tires, a low-restriction air filter, tire pressure gauge as well as an engine control module which is calibrated for 100+ octane fuel.
Price and release date
In addition to being the most powerful Dodge Challenger ever, the SRT Demon is also the most expensive Dodge Challenger with a starting price of $86,090, representing a whopping $20,200 premium over the SRT Hellcat. Reports from Dodge indicate that only 3,300 Demons will be produced. The U.S. market will get 3,000 units while the Canadian market gets 300 units. The models will only be produced for one year will make them “hot property” a few of years from now at auctions. Deliveries will commence this fall.